Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A Camping We Will Go (or went, I guess...)

Can you believe it? We went camping this weekend!!!! In my mind, our tent was just like this:
Ranger Safaris - Tanzania


Reality was a bit different....
 Home sweet home for two sleeps
In fairness, however, we've only done this once before - for one night - so I'm pretty excited over the fact that our family of six spent two nights outdoors in one tent, without any electronic distractions. Granted, we did forget to pack our camp chairs - again - but it didn't really matter because 1) our camp site was under a bunch of oak trees that were raining down acorns - and the occasional maggot, I'm not sure what that was about - , making it not-so-great to sit around a fire and 2) Saturday night it was really windy and cold so you didn't really want to be outside anyway. And I fell asleep at 9:30 while Matt told ghost stories to the kids....

We did have a fair amount of fun family time - William was so excited to have his favorite breakfast, cooked oatmeal - which I do make all the time, I'm not sure why he thought this was such a big deal....
William and the biggest walking stick ever
Sarah, surprisingly loves camping and didn't complain one bit - which sort of amazes me, because she can be pretty particular about some things, and is a bit of a girly-girl....
Evie is totally in her element in the woods - we went to the Nature Center at the campground for a few special events, and I could totally see Evie being a Naturalist in a state park someday....
Evie finds a beaver house
We walked around the lake, William proved to be an expert at skipping rocks (I was lucky if I could get a rock to skip twice, let alone his record of seven....)
We tie-died some shirts and fed some snakes at the nature center, and we did our best to keep William, Sarah and Jason from setting the woods on fire - or our tent, for that matter.
We brought some board games along, and yes - Jason was actually with us too, although he took a 3 hour nap on Saturday....






And yes, Matt and I were there too - we took pictures to prove it :)



So a year after our first attempt at car camping, we have successfully completed a second attempt, and I daresay the kids are ready for more.I don't see that happening until the spring though, as we roll into October and all the fall fun that follows - Halloween is a big deal here, you know. But I've made some notes for next time (more lanterns, candles, rugs and furnishings HA!), and I think we're all looking forward to going again. I'm only hoping to avoid 30 mph wind gusts and low temps of 44 degrees next time :D

Monday, September 3, 2012

So, um, yeah....

Happy Labor Day! And labor we did. But, for the record, the foyer and upstairs hall are now painted - no remnants of William's water debacle with his bathroom sink anymore, and all the swatches of paint I've thrown up on the walls are now gone. My walls are now BM's Revere Pewter - a pretty shade of sort-of grey - yay!!! :) The pictures we took down in April when the floors were refinished are finally hanging in their proper spot. Of course, I'm avoiding thinking about the countless yards of trim I still have to paint. And doors....so many doors.....(maybe we can find someone to spray them for us??)

So yes, we painted this weekend. I love painting :) Everything always looks so fresh! Matt helped, because over the stairs is a two-story section, and I can't even think about getting on a ladder up there, and then lean out over open space 20 feet up with a paint brush and gallon of paint - my balance isn't good enough, for one, and I'm afraid of heights. I think. It makes my tummy feel all funny. I totally didn't watch Matt lean over on the extension ladder to do the crown molding this time, although I think I have pics from last time....    and in return for Matt helping me paint, I cut the grass so he could do some other chores; I got sidetracked by trimming the shrubs out front (I don't think I'd mind yard work if it wasn't so dirty and time consuming) while Matt spilled oil all over the driveway :) Sarah and I ran some errands, while Matt attached the base to my fab new KITCHEN TABLE!!!!
I found an iron base on the internetz, and a local shop put the top together for us - reclaimed Chestnut planks that they planed, joined (jointed? Huhwah? I don't know) and sanded for us. I used a Danish oil finish on it, and we're having a glass top cut to fit to protect it from my little darlings (HA!) Finally finishing the kitchen punch list, one small thing at a time...

So what else is going on? We didn't labor all weekend - we went to see ParaNorman on Saturday - TOTALLY in line with our Halloween-loving family!  I'm frustrated with my web search to find cheap shoes to match a cheap skirt I bought at Target for fall - apparently all the web indexed searches are for shoes that are sold out - guess I'm behind the times....

I'm trying to get serious about getting my weight down to where it really needs to be - only partly because Matt's been doing more running & watching his diet, and we are now within 20 lbs of each other. I realize he's not THAT much taller than I am, but really - summer is quickly coming to a close & none of my jeans fit comfortably :/

To that end, I've cut WAY back on the wine - only partly to my dismay. FYI, whenever I open a bottle of red, I'm always dumfounded that it's nearly empty by my last glass refill. I've found Michelob's light cider, 120 calories per bottle, that I'm able to better limit myself to one bottle in the evening - good for our wallet, and my behind, which is sadly approaching the size of Kanye West's girlfriend - I refuse to say her name out loud. I've also found a super-skinny margarita recipe that I find super-drinkable, especially with some green olives thrown in for good measure. I'll warn you now, it's not sweet - at all - but I think once you get away from sugar, it's overwhelming when you have too much of it.

What else? Not much. William had his 9th birthday, and we're having some of his friends over for a movie this weekend for him to celebrate. Sarah's ballet class starts this week, and Evie's art lasses begin soon. We don't have anyone in sports this fall, which honestly is a nice change of pace after 6 years - no practices 2x a week, and no games on Saturday mornings - we are free to come and go as we please, which I am totally enjoying, now that everyone is bigger, nap-free, and mostly portable :) It was a long time coming. Until next time....

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